Using RDA with Integrated Authentication

Recently I was asked how well RDA works with Vista.  While RDA remains the same, there are some subtleties about IIS7 and Vista configuration.  In development, when you configure for RDA on the same machine, Vista strips off some privileges for the loopback adapter and even though you have integrated authentication configured, you may still…


Application Services – Optimizing Online, Enabling Offline clients

Saurab, a PM on the UiFX team posted a screencast on the new application services coming in Visual Studio Orcas enabling settings to be cached locally, and synchronized with the profile store in ASP.net.  He also demonstrates caching authentication and roles as well. http://blogs.msdn.com/saurabh/archive/2006/11/27/live-from-redmond-client-application-services-in-orcas.aspx The screencast is a bit old, and seems sluggish, so for…


Empowering your users with reference data and knowledge

Before joining Microsoft I worked in consulting.  We worked hard searching for only the most talented consultants and account executives (salespeople).  We’d look for individuals that could share our culture and passion for customers, but also those that were capable of working on their own, without handholding.  New account executives (AE’s) and consultants would learn…

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Creating your SQL Server Compact Edition database and schema in code

In most cases you’ll want to create your database and it’s schema as part of your applications first deployment.  Depending on the scenario, you may create it on the client, or create it on the server, do the initial sync, then stream the file down to the client pre-populated. Why would you create the database…

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First look at the Visual Studio Orcas Sync Designer

Here’s part 1 of the new Sync Designer.  In this screen cast I walk through how to cache lookup tables locally.  In this screencast I use the 2 tier sync, starting simple.  In the next screencast I’ll show how to take the same designer, and split it across N tier to keep the intimate knowledge…

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Additional Q&A on the Visual Studio Orcas Sync Designer

Q: Why does the Orcas Feb CTP Typed DataSet designer not work on Vista? A: Visual Studio Orcas is not yet fully compatible with Vista.  In the Feb CTP there are several issues with something we call “red bits”.  These are changes to the runtime that shipped in .NET 3.0 which shipped with Vista.  For…

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Q&A on OCS & Sync Services for ADO.NET

Not surprisingly we’ve been get a lot of great questions about specific features and scenarios for our new Sync Services for ADO.NET (OCS).  Rafik has been fielding most of these on the Sync Services forums.  Since the Q&A for SQLce seemed popular, I thought I’d do the same here.  Q: How does Sync Services compare…

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Sync Services for ADO.NET (OCS) CTP Now Available

Today we launched the public CTP of the Sync Services for ADO.NET.  This is the current name of features we’ve been referring to as Occasionally Connected Systems (OCS).  The SQL Server Compact Edition and Sync Platform teams have been working feverishly to get these bits available.  For those following my blog, you know the SQLce team…

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Why the blackout of info on the blog?

The 5 day blackout, holidays, vacation, house projects, and crippling snow storms that have kept my kids out of school for 6 days have certainly kept me and my family busy.  We did have a generator, so I can’t say we were suffering too much.  Between getting our TV via satellite, (Direct TV), our Verizon…

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